Spring is just around the corner and sign-ups have begun for the 2015 season of adult softball. Wanting to learn more about what it takes to be a softball player and the ways in which the community can support adult summer athletics, EndZone got in touch with Chris Asher, softball player #27 and board member of the Gallatin Valley Softball Association.
EZ: Thanks for speaking with us today, Chris. How are things going for you?
CA: Things are very good! Looking forward to another fun season of softball this summer. Its great to see my teammates again after a long winter. I’m always looking forward to the spring and summer because I get to see and play with the friends I developed through softball.
EZ: What can you tell us about yourself and your background in softball?
CA: I am an avid softball player. I love the competition and camaraderie. I also love being outdoors and getting dirty. This season will be my 7th as a player/coach and my 2nd as a Gallatin Valley Softball Association board member.
EZ: So you are affiliated with the Gallatin Valley Softball Association—what can you tell us about them?
CA: The GVSA is a nonprofit group that organizes each softball season, getting the 1,200 or so players registered with the ASA, scheduling all games, and paying the umpires. We also work closely with the city and Parks Department and maintain the upkeep on the fields and the softball complex. We make the decisions as far as fundraising and some of the rule changes. As of right now, the board is looking for a few more members due to members moving on or finishing their two to three year commitments. Positions available are Secretary, a woman’s rep, a co-ed rep, and a men’s rep. If anyone is interested, please go to gvsoftball.org to find more information on that.
EZ: For those interested, how does one become involved with an adult softball team? How, when, and where do they register?
CA: if you already have a full team and a sponsor please show up to our registration meeting held March 18th at 7 pm at the Grantree Inn so you can begin the process of registering your team. If you do not already have a team together and are looking to just jump into a team, then the best bet is to go to our website at gvsoftball.org and click on the ‘free agent list’ and register as a free agent so teams looking for players can see your information and contact you from there.
EZ: What kind of commitments are players expected to make? For example, equipment purchases, practice times, etc.?
CA: Players need a mitt and some cleats. Most teams don’t practice regularly, but if you want to excel in district and state tournaments, then I suggest [that] your team practice. But most importantly, players need to be available the two nights a week they play so the manager doesn’t have to scramble at game time to find a replacement for you.
EZ: In what ways have athletics shaped you as a person, and why do you think amateur adult athletics are vital to the community?
CA: I think sports has definitely helped me to become a better person; it [has] taught me sportsmanship and [given] me a positive outlet to release tension. Adult athletics are a vital means of getting up and out of the house and a great way to meet a ton of new people who you might not have had the opportunity to meet before.
EZ: In regards to sports, who are some of your own personal heroes?
CA: Muhammed Ali, Clayton Kershaw, and Steve Sax.
EZ: And is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself, your team, or the Gallatin Valley Softball Association?
CA: Please come to our March 18th meeting at the Grantree Inn. If you have some free time and play softball then please consider joining the GVSA board to help make the coming years of softball fun and enjoyable for everybody.
EZ: Thank you so much for your time, Chris. Good luck on the upcoming season!